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Welcome to this week's Symfony Station communiqué. It's your review of the essential news in the Symfony and PHP development communities focusing on protecting democracy. Because open-source equals open societies, peeps. That necessitates a mission of destroying big tech. We also cover the cybersecurity world and the Fediverse (more open-source and democracy).

There is good content in all of our categories, so please take your time and enjoy the items most relevant and valuable to you. This is why we publish on Thursday. So you can savor it over your weekend. 😉

Or scroll down to your favorite section.
Once again, thanks go out to Javier Eguiluz and Symfony for sharing our communiqué in their Week of Symfony.

My opinions will be in bold. And will often involve cursing. Because humans.

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The future of open source is inextricably linked to the law. Regulations have the potential to foster or hinder its development. Both existing and forthcoming EU laws reveal tensions between expanding personal digital sovereignty and enabling open-source innovation. At this year’s T3CON, legal expert Neil Peretz gave us a tour of these nuanced aspects of digital sovereignty, as well as a look at the situation in the USA.

Quo Vadis, EU Law? Balancing Digital Freedom, Privacy, and Consumer Protection

If you have any audience in Europe, you need to read this.

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As always, we will start with the official news from Symfony.

Highlight -> "This week, Symfony continued adding support for the upcoming PHP 8.4 version in all maintained Symfony branches. Meanwhile, the next Symfony 7.1 release improved performance when creating lazy objects, added support for workflows that need to store many tokens in the marking and introduced a new AutowireMethodOf attribute to autowire a method of a service as a callable."

A Week of Symfony #898 (11-17 March 2024)

They also have:
Symfony Slack channels cleanup and rules reminder

Blackfire shares:
The art of time control: achieving excellence with Blackfire

This week

Aghar Saifeddine has:
Integrating Sinch SMS in Symfony Application

Nacho Colomina Torregrosa explores:
Making deposits to an smart contract using PHP, Symfony and the Soroban technology

Nico Anastasio asks:
What is the Most Secure PHP Framework?

Get the details on Symfony Security in my article, Examine the Reassuringly Robust Flexibility and Extensibility of Symfony Security.

Yann-Élias Bellagnech shows us:
Protéger ses formulaires des Spams en créant un HoneyPot avec Symfony et Fail2ban

Alberto Robles examines:
Code Highlighting in your Web Apps (Symfony + Webpack) with PrismJS

QTA Tech shares:
Drupal Meets Symfony: A Match Made for API Innovation


Shopware announces:
Release notes Shopware


TYPO3 has:
e-pixler Harnesses TYPO3 For Better Commuter Mobility
London calling – employees from the TYPO3 GmbH head to the UK

Joomla has:
The March Issue

Highlights include:
Cassiopeia, Joomla’s powerful built-in template: how to use CSS classes to style images

Testing Joomla made easy

You can't fool me when it comes to SPF, DKIM, and DMARC!

But you can fool some people. I had fun helping two clients out with this last week. 😉

Drupal has:
What's next for (Drupal) innovation

The Drop Times looks at:
Drupal Page Builders—Part 1: Paragraph-Based Solutions

Golems explores:
Advanced Content Management with the Paragraphs Module in Drupal

Specbee examines:
Hooks vs Events in Drupal

InWebWorks shares:
Drupal Community Module Evaluation: A Go-to Guide

QED42 has:
How Drupal drives impact and engagement for non-profits

Actionable ways for non-profits to elevate online donor engagement

Dewan Codes looks at:
Acquia Pipeline Management

Acquia explores:
DevOps: The Gravity of the Modern Web Cosmos

Previous Weeks

Exemplifi examines:
Switching from Acquia Dev Desktop to Cloud IDE

Orion Web shares:
The only Drupal 10 Feeds Module tutorial you’ll ever need to read (no coding required!)

Ludo Dev shows us how to:
Optimiser son CSS dans une application Symfony, avec Tailwind ou PurgeCSS

Do yourself a favor, and don't use either one of these.
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This week

Jon Square looks at:
Integrating PHP with Modern Frontend Technologies: Creating Seamless Websites

Good overview.

Kyrian Obikwelu is:
Announcing TransformersPHP: Bring Machine Learning Magic to Your PHP Projects

HMA Web Design has an HTML Form series:
A good series for mediocre backend developers like me.

Alex shows us:
How Not to be Stressed as a Developer

Good advice.

Stitcher shares:
A syntax highlighter that doesn't suck

Clarion Technologies explores:
Top PHP IDEs for Website Developers in 2024

There were a few here I had not been aware of. Eclipse Che looks interesting.

Serghei Pogor examines:
The Power of PHP Factory Pattern: Building Efficient and Scalable Code

Rob Allen has:
A quick guide to JWTs in PHP

More Programming

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W3C reports:
AI & the Web: Understanding and managing the impact of Machine Learning models on the Web

TechCrunch reports:
GitHub’s latest AI tool can automatically fix code vulnerabilities

Redis announces some bad news:
Redis Adopts Dual Source-Available Licensing

AKA it's not open-source anymore.

Pigsty opines:
Postgres is eating the database world

Necati Özmen compares:
GraphQL vs REST - Key Differences and Use Cases

Christine Vallaure looks at:
Why UI designers should understand Flexbox and CSS Grid

Storybook announces:
Storybook 8

Goblin explores the latest reason that React is a piece of shit:
The state of JavaScript web development is so fucking nuts that people can write this and think it's a great movement

Jason Knight asks:
HTML Illiteracy, Is It REALLY So Blasted Hard? (Part 1 of 2)

It's not, and this explores why Failwind is also a piece of shit, and a suggested replacement is not great either.

HTML Illiteracy (Part 2 of 2) Styling And Failwind Stupid

Designing For Print (HTML Illiteracy Part 3 of 2)

Fighting for Democracy

Please visit our Support Ukraine page to learn how you can help kick Russia out of Ukraine (eventually).

The cyber response to Russia’s War Crimes and other douchebaggery

Tech Ukraine reports:
Ukrainian Diia Becomes Open Sourced

IT Ukraine has a report:
Digital Tiger: The Power of Ukrainian IT Research 2023 by IT Ukraine Association

The Hacker News reports:
U.S. Sanctions Russians Behind 'Doppelganger' Cyber Influence Campaign

TechCrunch reports:
India orders antitrust probe into Google’s app store billing practices

The Next Web reports:
French competition watchdog fines Google €250M for AI copyright breaches

Euronews reports:
Social media empowers disinformation operations. What can the EU do about it?

I have literally been saying this for years and it's why I am on a Butlerian Jihad against big tech.

The Record reports:
FTC investigating Reddit plan to sell user content for AI model training

British Library hailed by UK cyber agency for its response to ransomware attack

Platformer News reports:
The Supreme Court considers jawboning

Ars Technica reports:
ASCII art elicits harmful responses from 5 major AI chatbots

The Verge reports:
House passes bill to prevent the sale of personal data to foreign adversaries

This is more legit than the TikTok ban.

The Evil Empire Strikes Back

Decipher reports:
New AcidPour Wiper Malware Found in Ukraine

404 Media reports:
AI-Generated Science

Sadly the absolute horseshit that is generative "AI" has reached the scientific realm.

Facebook’s Algorithm Is Boosting AI Spam That Links to AI-Generated, Ad-Laden Click Farms

The Atlantic reports:
Russia’s long-range strikes are aimed using satellite imagery provided by U.S. companies.

Wired reports:
Elon Musk's X Is Suspending Accounts That Reveal a Neo-Nazi Cartoonist's Alleged Identity

The Guardian reports:
Elon Musk replies to post by far-right Austrian linked to Christchurch terrorist after X account restored

The drug-addled c^nt just can't help himself.


The Hacker News reports:
Hackers Using Sneaky HTML Smuggling to Deliver Malware via Fake Google Sites

APIs Drive the Majority of Internet Traffic and Cybercriminals are Taking Advantage

DarkReading reports:
AI Won't Solve Cybersecurity's Retention Problem

The Register reports:
Exposed: Chinese smartphone farms that run thousands of barebones mobes to do crime

Life Hacker reports:
It's Not Safe to Click Links on X
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The Fediverse

The Fediverse report has:

Last Week in Fediverse – ep 60

A Division by Zero shares:
The playground schematic analogy for designing a Fediverse service

Interesting article and a great name for a blog.

Beehaw is suffering buyer remorse with Lemmy:
Beehaw, Lemmy, and A Vision of the Fediverse

Check out Mbin, team.

Owncast has:
Owncast Newsletter, March 2024

We Distribute reports:
Pixelfed introduces Loops, a Short-Form Video App

Oh, Zot! Nomadic Identity is Coming to ActivityPub

The Efforts to Extend ActivityPub

Great news.

MacStories reports:
Tapbots Releases Ivory 1.9 with Quote Posts

Ivory is the best Fediverse client for iOS. Phanpy gets great reviews for Android and Elk for web-based clients.

EBU advises:
Public Broadcasters of Europe, Let's All Join Mastodon!

The same in the U.S. and Canada, please.

SFO Museum has:
Holding Hands with the "Fediverse" – ActivityPub at SFO Museum

Box 464 shares a:
Bonfire Setup Guide

NodeBB celebrates the:
Threadiverse Working Group

The Verge reports:
Meta just showed off Threads’ Fediverse integration for the very first time

Other federated social media

Bluesky Personal Data Servers - Important, well constructed and boring as hell

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